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‘Urumayaka Pelahara’: A retelling of Sri Lanka’s history

Views - 8 Friday, 24 January 2020 00:00

Sri Lanka’s first Sinhala visual poetry production ‘Urumayaka Pelahara’ will be held on 2 February at the Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre from 7 p.m. onwards. The production is Rivega Dancing Studio Director Rangika Jeewantha’s attempt


‘Bombshell’ in Lankan cinemas from today

Views - 10 Friday, 24 January 2020 00:00

American biographical drama ‘Bombshell’ will be screened in five Lankan cinemas – Liberty By Scope, Colombo City Center, Majestic Cinema, Empire Cinema and PVR – Cinema. The film stars Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, and Margot Robbie, and is


Rukshan Perera – Live in Concert 10

Views - 49 Friday, 24 January 2020 00:00

Rukshan Perera – a composer, multi-instrumentalist and a singer of the former Super Golden Chimes who is loved by many Sri Lankans is set to perform live on Sunday, 16 February at the Bishop’s College auditorium. A troupe of well-known local sing


SUN FM presents Boyce Avenue Live in Colombo in association with Hutch

Views - 10 Friday, 24 January 2020 00:00

Hutch Telecommunications, Sri Lanka’s preferred choice for mobile broadband services, is starting the New Year on a celebratory note by collaborating with Sun FM to proudly present the popular American band, Boyce Avenue, Live In Concert, on 9


Certificate in Acting Program, 2020

Views - 7 Friday, 24 January 2020 00:00

Are you keen to study drama? Are you hardworking and ambitious to become a competent theatre artiste? Then the Certificate in Acting program conducted by Lanka Children’s and Youth Theatre Foundation (LCYTF) or popularly known as Somalatha Subasing


Gaadi European premier in Rotterdam Film Festival

Views - 12 Wednesday, 22 January 2020 00:23

Amidst gaining critical acclaim and audience appreciation, Gaadi has been chosen to launch its European premier in Rotterdam on 27 January at one of the most prestigious international film festivals of the world, the 49th IFFR. Post its premier, four


Nadeeka Guruge performs at SLTC launch of School of Music

Views - 9 Wednesday, 22 January 2020 00:22

The Sri Lanka Technological Campus (SLTC) launched the School of Music with a thought provoking performance by renowned musician Nadeeka Guruge. The outdoor concert titled ‘Voyage of Rhythm’ was held at the SLTC Padukka recently. The event was na


Gaadi gets special jury mention at 18th Dhaka International Film Festival

Views - 11 Wednesday, 22 January 2020 00:21

Gaadi, chosen for the competition category in the Dhaka International Film Festival (DIFF) that was held on 19 January received a special jury mention for its overall presentation. The festival comprised films from Iran, Turkey, Russia, India, China,


The 5th Chinese Film Festival this week in Colombo

Views - 33 Wednesday, 22 January 2020 00:21

The 5th Chinese Film Festival, organised by the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka and the National Film Corporation of Sri Lanka, will be held from tomorrow until 26 January at Tharangani Hall of the National Film Corporation of Sri Lanka. Six highly acc


‘Rukshan Perera Live In Concert 10’ in aid of Cerebral Palsy

Views - 4 Wednesday, 22 January 2020 00:20

Rukshan Perera is preparing for his annual concert for the 10th straight year (Rukshan Perera Live In Concert 10) to be held at Bishop’s College Auditorium on 16 February. According to Rukshan, this will be his last concert of this particular serie


Whitney Houston among six Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees

Views - 9 Wednesday, 22 January 2020 00:19

Reuters: Late superstar Whitney Houston and five other artists and bands, living and dead – and representing a wide range of musical genres, including pop, electronica and rap – were unveiled on Wednesday as this year’s inductees to the Rock &


UK issues commemorative coin celebrating rock band Queen

Views - 9 Wednesday, 22 January 2020 00:18

LONDON (Reuters): Britain’s Royal Mint has issued its first commemorative coin featuring a British rock group, in a tribute to the late Freddie Mercury and the three other band members of Queen. “This is a ‘who would’ve thought it’ moment.


Gehan Cooray to sing in Colombo for Rotary after Carnegie Hall debut 

Views - 11 Friday, 17 January 2020 00:00

The internationally acclaimed Operatic Baritone/Actor/Filmmaker Gehan Cooray – who was referred to by Marc Cherry, the creator of ‘Desperate Housewives’ as a “multi-hyphenate” (which is a Hollywood term for an artist who is versatile) – e


American fantasy adventure film Dolittle in 12 cinemas from today

Views - 12 Friday, 17 January 2020 00:00

American fantasy adventure film Dolittle will be screened in 12 Sri Lankan cinemas from today. They are Liberty By Scope, Colombo City Center, Majestic Cinema, Empire Cinema, PVR – Cinema, Sky Lite Malabe, Ruoo Cinema Katunayaka, Aruna Cinema – K


‘New Ink’ forum: Your January dose of literature

Views - 9 Friday, 17 January 2020 00:00

Focused on English writing that was launched in the past year – but also incorporating discussions, views, and opinions on debates and issues of overlapping interest – ‘New Ink’ fosters a platform for 20 writers, academics, and artists on 19


Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and Pandit Subhen Chatterjee to perform in SL

Views - 7 Friday, 17 January 2020 00:00

To celebrate the 71st Republic Day of India the High Commission of India is organising a special cultural event ‘Divine Quartet’ – a musical evening on Saturday, 25 January, at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Convention Hall at 6:30 p.m


Chennai Mega Books Exhibition

Views - 9 Friday, 17 January 2020 00:00

Chennai Mega Books Exhibition was held recently at the Nandanam YMCA Grounds, where 43 books were launched this year from Manimekalai Publications. Independent Television Network Former Director Hassim Omar received the first copies of the 43 books f


B’desh High Commission and Education Ministry creative writing/arts competition: Language for Unity

Views - 9 Friday, 17 January 2020 00:00

The Bangladesh High Commission and the Education Ministry of Sri Lanka together is inviting schoolchildren from across the island to join a creative writing/arts competition. The competition is to commemorate International Mother Language Day on 21


It’s a (mostly) man’s world as ‘Joker’ leads Oscar nominations

Views - 9 Friday, 17 January 2020 00:00

Reuters: Dark comic-book story ‘Joker’ led nominations on Monday for the Oscars in a best picture lineup dominated by stories by or about men and featuring only one actor of colour despite efforts over the past few years to diversify the field. T


Chamber Music Society of Colombo begins yearlong celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birth anniversary

Views - 12 Thursday, 16 January 2020 00:00

In 2020, Germany will celebrate the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven, arguably her most famous citizen, with the whole world. The Chamber Music Society of Colombo in association with the Goethe-Institut, Colombo, will begin the yearlong celebra


NDB holds TalentFest 2019

Views - 9 Thursday, 16 January 2020 00:00

NDB recently held the bank’s TalentFest 2019 amidst glamour and glitz at the Defence Services College, Auditorium. The TalentFest showcased five finalists from a competition held within three months of the year 2019 with eminent judges including Sa


Dance group from Kandy participates in National Tribal Dance Festival in India

Views - 5 Thursday, 16 January 2020 00:00

A 12-member dance group led by Umah Sritharan, Director of Sri Sathya Sai Kalalayam (Dancing Institution) from Kandy, participated in the National Tribal Dance Festival – 2019 held in Chhattisgarh state of India.  The group mesmerised the audience


The magic of breathworks

Views - 70 Thursday, 16 January 2020 00:00

It is hard for me to describe ‘Holotropic Breathworks’. It is a system of breathing exercises which can send you into non-ordinary states of consciousness and expanded awareness leading you to find ‘power within’ which you can harness. It rea


Centenary celebration of Royal College Choir

Views - 14 Friday, 3 January 2020 00:00

The Royal College Choir celebrated its 100th anniversary in the year 2019. The glory of a century was celebrated in style at the Lionel Wendt theatre with an extravagant evening of choral music performed by the Royal College Choir accompanied by the


Kim Kardashian to Sting: 10 celebrities who used star power for good in 2019

Views - 13 Friday, 3 January 2020 00:00

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Celebrities were out in force in 2019 to lend their names and star spotlights to causes ranging from homelessness to climate change and indigenous rights. Here are 10 celebrities who took a stand during the year to make a


Dr Tanya Ekanayaka performs at Chengdu City

Views - 35 Friday, 3 January 2020 00:00

Internationally acclaimed Sri Lankan-British concert composer-pianist as well as a musicologist, linguist and record producer Dr. Tanya Ekanayaka performed at Chengdu City on Saturday 28 December 2019. This event was organised by Dr. Zhuang of South


Event-packed December for Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre

Views - 13 Friday, 3 January 2020 00:00

Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre (SVCC), High Commission of India, Colombo, successfully organised a number of cultural programs in December 2019. The highlights of the month were: International Hindi Seminar organised by Swami Vivekananda Cultural


NDB celebrates Christmas with Christmas Carols 2019

Views - 12 Tuesday, 31 December 2019 01:29

NDB recently held the annual Christmas Carols with the participation of staff, family and friends. The carols began with a prayer and reflection by St. Anthony’s Church, Kochchikade Assistant Administrator Rev. Fr. Dilusha Chamara followed by a fes


Spotlight on young talent through Siddhalepa Kekulu art competition

Views - 51 Tuesday, 31 December 2019 01:27

It was their dream come true for three preschool children ‘young kekulus’ when they walked up on stage to receive their awards as the winner, first and second runner up of the Siddhalepa Kekulu Art Competition 2019. The three best from over 50,0


35th Kalabooshana State Awards Ceremony

Views - 11 Tuesday, 31 December 2019 01:26

Text and pix by Ruzaik Farook The Ministry of Buddhasasana, Cultural and Religious Affairs in collaboration with the Department of Cultural Affairs had organised the 35th Kalabooshana State Awards Ceremony that was held at the Nelum Pokuna Theatre Co


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Forensic Audits part of bond scam cover-up

Saturday, 25 January 2020

From the time the bond scam was carried out by the Ranil Wickremesinghe administration, that administration under the guidance of the former Prime Minister had been avoiding the law by regularly bringing up various distractions so that the true natur


Halting mega projects is untimely; Govt. can explore other options

Friday, 24 January 2020

In a Sunday newspaper on 5 January a news item titled ‘Mega projects on hold until August budget,’ ‘Drop in revenue after tax reductions prevents spending on major constructions,’ was not a development-friendly headline. It may be accurate o


Is any further expenditure on the Port City a waste of money?

Friday, 24 January 2020

Erase from the mind all that you have read and heard about it. Then take a blank piece of paper, draw an irregular circle, and draw a line to divide it into two. On the bottom half write 300 acres. That is our Port City! To get the size into a proper


Foundations of incivility

Friday, 24 January 2020

The lack of advanced political consciousness and democratic discipline can be considered as one of the main reasons for the crisis and the failure that Sri Lanka is facing. This can be considered a situation that has prevailed since independence. Sri


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